“. . . And to the last pulse in my veins I shall resist . . .” (Samih al-Qasim)

❶ Israel imposes new restrictions on Al-Aqsa as anticipation of widespread clashes grows

  • Background: “Changing Trends in Palestinian Political Activism: The Second Intifada, the Wall Protests, and the Human Rights Turn.” Geopolitics (Note: While this article is specifically about the change in resistance from the First Intifada to the Second Intifada, it offers much insight into the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian resistance in general.)

❷ 25-year-old Palestinian succumbs to wounds days after being shot in head by Israeli forces
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces install iron gate at an entrance of Bethlehem-area town
❸ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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ISRAEL  IMPOSES  NEW  RESTRICTIONS  ON  AL-AQSA  AS  ANTICIPATION  OF  WIDESPREAD  CLASHES  GROWS  
Ma’an News Agency 
July 28, 2017.   Hours after thousands of Palestinians entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, after a near two-week long boycott of Israeli security measures imposed at the site, Israeli forces imposed a new series of sweeping restrictions on the compound Friday morning.
___Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that only men above the age of 50 would be allowed into the compound, while no restrictions would be placed on women.
___Hebrew-language media reported that the restrictions were ordered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
___Israeli forces remained heavily deployed across the compound and inside the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as in “seam zones” across the occupied West Bank in anticipation of heavy clashes following Friday prayers.     MORE . . .

Mall Dibiasi, Caroline. “CHANGING  TRENDS  IN  PALESTINIAN  POLITICAL  ACTIVISM:  THE  SECOND  INTIFADA,  THE  WALL  PROTESTS,  AND  THE  HUMAN  RIGHTS  TURN.” Geopolitics, vol. 20, no. 3, Jul-Sep2015, pp. 669-695.   What is often overlooked in the assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are the instances of non-violent protest by Palestinians.4 In fact, it is striking that forms of non-violent protest have persisted and been re-invented despite the disproportionate use of violence by the Israeli army against Palestinian civilians, decades of discrimination and the denial of basic rights, and a general deterioration of the Palestinian situation in economic, social as well as political terms.
[. . . .]  One of the central structural features that drove the transformation of political activism during the Al-Aqsa intifada is the division of Palestinian territory into different zones of control, a legacy of Israeli military plans for phased re-deployment over the Oslo period.61 Because complete military withdrawal never occurred, a complex system of control now divides the West Bank into different zones of governance. Its inhabitants are subject to different regulations and experience very disparate levels of services and provision for personal security. These zones are not contiguous areas but are mapped out like a jigsaw puzzle on West Bank territory.
[. . . .] . . . if Israel continues to refuse to negotiate with the Palestinians on a viable Palestinian state, the Palestinian national movement might ask for full democracy. The convergence of a focus on individual human rights, a demand for democracy, and the decreasing significance of national-level politics in Palestinian political activism may challenge the still dominant concept of Israel as a Jewish state. Alternatively, it may further undermine its validity as a democratic state in the Middle East.   SOURCE . . . 

❷ 25-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  SUCCUMBS  TO  WOUNDS  DAYS  AFTER  BEING  SHOT  IN  HEAD  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES 
Ma’an News Agency  
25-year-old Muhammad Kanaan succumbed to his wounds Thursday night, days after he was shot in the head by Israeli forces during clashes in his hometown of Hizma in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
___Kanaan had been in the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in critical condition since he was shot on Monday.
___According to Ma’an documentation, Kanaan was the fifth Palestinian to have been shot and killed by Israelis in the past two weeks, all during clashes with Israeli forces that had erupted across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the violent repression of a near two-week long Palestinian civil disobedience campaign.     MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  INSTALL  IRON  GATE  AT  AN  ENTRANCE  OF  BETHLEHEM-AREA  TOWN 
Ma’an News Agency  
July 27, 2017.   Israeli forces installed an iron gate at an entrance of the village of Janata on Thursday, southeast of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.
___Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces installed a large iron gate at the eastern entrance of Janata, without providing and reason for the measure.
___Local activists said that the installation of the gate “aims to restrict the life of Palestinians by closing the gate at any time Israel wants to.”     MORE . . .

“ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
I may―if you wish―lose my livelihood
I may sell my shirt and bed.
I may work as a stone cutter,
A street sweeper, a porter.
I may clean your stores
Or rummage your garbage for food.
I may lie down hungry,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may take the last strip of my land,
Feed my youth to prison cells.
You may plunder my heritage.
You may burn my books, my poems,
Or feed my flesh to the dogs.
You may spread a web of terror
On the roofs of my village.
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may put out the light in my eyes
You may deprive me of my mother’s kisses.
You may curse my father, my people.
You may distort my history.
You may deprive my children of a smile
And of life’s necessities.
You may fool my friends with a borrowed face.
You may build walls of hatred around me.
You may glue my eyes to humiliations,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
O enemy of the sun
The decorations are raised at the port,
The ejaculations fill the air,
A glow in the hearts,
And in the horizon
A sail is seen
Challenging the wind
And the depths.
It is Ulysses
Returning home
From the sea of loss

It is the return of the sun,
Of my exiled ones
And for her sake, and his
I swear
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
Resist―and resist.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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“. . . brutal, degenerate war as a method of keeping the Palestinians in their place. . . .” (Martin Shaw)

[Please note: Today’s post is in a format different from the normal here. It simply presents a selection of news items about individual Palestinians directly affected by the Israeli forces of occupation in the context of Israel’s new law cracking down on the most effective voice for the Palestinians.]  

HIZMA
Hizma Village lost more than 60% of its lands for the construction of the Israeli Segregation Wall, Dec. 7, 2007 (Photo: POICA/ARIJ)

❶ NEW  ISRAELI  CRACKDOWN  AIMS  TO  ROOT  OUT,  EXPEL  BDS  ACTIVISTS
The Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah
Aug. 8 2016
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RELATED:  “THE   BOYCOTT,   DIVESTMENT,   SANCTIONS   (BDS)   MOVEMENT   WORKS  TO  END  INTERNATIONAL  SUPPORT  FOR ISRAEL’S  OPPRESSION  OF  PALESTINIANS

  • Shaw, Martin. “PALESTINE  IN  AN  INTERNATIONAL  HISTORICAL  PERSPECTIVE  ON  GENOCIDE.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal  9.1 (2010): 1-24.

Israel’s destruction of the larger part of Palestinian Arab society in 1948 was not exceptionally murderous (‘only’ a few thousand Arabs were massacred), nor was it complete (an Arab minority remained within the Israeli state). Yet it can be argued that the consequences for Israel and the region have been more severe than in many other cases. In part this is because the Palestinians mostly survived, including within Israel, and were able to develop a national movement, with support from the Arab world. Yet it is also because for Israel’s leaders, the national project was evidently incomplete. Subsequent phases of the conflict, although not marked by large-scale violent expulsions and induced flight as in 1948, have provided Israel with opportunities to extend its confiscation of Arab land and to continue piecemeal the displacement of population. Israel has of course used its security concerns as a rationale for settlement and complex geographical control, both designed to make Palestinian communities unviable and force individuals and families to move. These continuing policies can be seen as the ‘slow-motion’ extension and consolidation of the genocide of 1948.
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. . . the consequence of a society founded on genocide in these circumstances is a situation of more or less permanent war. So long as Israel does not come to terms with the genocide of 1948 and its enduring injustice, its leaders will continue to resort to brutal, degenerate war as a method of keeping the Palestinians in their place. A society thus founded cannot hope either for integrity or for security.     FULL ARTICLE

❷ ISRAEL  RELEASES  JERUSALEMITE  GIRL  AFTER  FIVE  MONTHS  IN  PRISON  FOR  KNIFE  POSSESSION
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 11, 2016
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❸ CHILD  DAWABSHEH  TRANSFERRED  TO  TEL HASHOMER  HOSPITAL
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Aug. 11, 2016
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❹ AFTER  7  MONTHS  UNDER  HOUSE  ARREST,  A  JERUSALEMITE  CHILD  TURNS  HIMSELF  IN  TO  SERVE  A  10-MONTH  PRISON  SENTENCE
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
Aug. 8, 2016
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❺ IOF  ARRESTS  12  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
The Palestinian Information Center
Aug. 11, 2016
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An Israeli border guard grabs Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein during the demonstration in the village of Turmus Aya near Ramallah, during which Abu Ein died, on December 10, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

❻ ISRAELI  POLICE  FINDS  NO  WRONGDOING  IN  DEATH  OF  PALESTINIAN  MINISTER  BEATEN  DURING  PROTEST
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 10, 2016
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❼ SHOT  IN  THE  HEAD  BY  THE  IDF?  YOUR  ENTRY  PERMIT  IS  NOW  REVOKED
+972 Blog
Aug. 6, 2016
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❽ PPS: “ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  AND  INTERROGATORS  ASSAULT  THREE  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEES”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 11, 2016
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❾ ARMY  ORDERS  A  PALESTINIAN  TO  LEAVE  HIS  HOME  TO  USE  IT  AS  A  MILITARY  POST
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 11, 2016
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❿ JENIN:  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  DEMOLISH  A  BRICK  FACTORY,  CONFISCATE  ITS  EQUIPMENT
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 11, 2016
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  • Opinion/Analysis:  FACED  WITH  A  CHOICE  OF  PEACE  AND  BDS,  ISRAEL  CHOOSES  BDS
    Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
    Professor Kamel Hawwash

    [Professor Hawwash is a British Palestinian engineering academic based at the University of Birmingham.]

    August 10, 2016
    Israel’s recent decision to form a taskforce to target Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists for deportation is in stark contrast to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent claim that BDS had been defeated.
    [. . . .]
    ___How can calls for ending the illegal occupation, for equality for all citizens and the respect and promotion of the right of return for Palestinian refugees be a strategic threat?
    [. . . .]
    ___ US Secretary of State John Kerry . . . warned Israel . . .  it would face boycotts on steroids. Israel is now facing this because when it has been called on to choose between a just peace and BDS, it chooses BDS and then blames others for its self-inflicted delegitimisation strategy.      MORE . . .   

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